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10 years since Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to Jeddah

14 January 2021 marked 10 years since Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to Jeddah. Despite strict lockdown orders imposed to prevent long-expected protests, people in Tunis’s working-class neighbourhoods have taken to the streets since the anniversary of Ben Ali’s flight in January. This anniversary has been marked by a flurry of online conferences and publications, some of which are highlighted below. The Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) has made three conferences/interviews around the topic available through their Maghrib in Past and Present podcast: Reflections on Tunisia’s State Building History and Contemporary Democratization Experience On Memory, Remembering and Mourning in the Maghrib Since the Tunisian Revolution “Willis from Tunis, 10 ans et toujours vivant!” – Entretien avec Nadia Khiari Elsewhere, Mounir Saidani and Thierry Brésillon explore hopes of a new revolution through large-scale popular movements, and fears of a counter-revolution by the state’s elites, while Khdadija Mohsen-Finan and Olfa Mamoun wonder about the legacies of the revolution. Widening its focus to the wider region, the latest special issue of Confluences Méditerrannée brings together research on “revolutions and counter-revolutions” focusing on political transformations in Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Lybia. The DREAM research project (DRafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean. […]

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